Islamabad: Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed commenced e-bidding system on Friday, saying that this state of the art system will help National Highways Authority to ensure transparency in awarding different project in future.
The system is being developed in collaboration with Tejari Pakistan, a pioneer in e-procurement solutions, serving clients in public and private sector such as Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), United Bank Limited (UBL), Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF), Orient Petroleum Limited (OPL), Pearl Continental and Marriot Hotels.
While addressing the ceremony, the minister said that as per good governance vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, NHA has started e-bidding system that will make the bidding process transparent, efficient and easy.
“After coming into power, the present government focused on affairs like accountability, transparency and provision of relief to the people and made practical advanced towards E-Governance”, he said.
He further said, “Start of e-bidding is encouraging as heavy amounts of billions of rupees are involved in motorways and highways building schemes. NHA is endeavoring to undertake road building projects on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. Additionally, Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway project will be started next year and more steps will be taken to bring about improvement in financial and administrative affairs of the NHA.”
Secretary Communications Zafar Hasan said, “NHA has developed a good system in short period that will make bidding process transparent, in much shorter time. In future the performance of the institutions will be evaluated on the basis of technology. Pragmatic steps will be undertaken to employ modern techniques in affairs of the authority. “
Chairman NHA Capt Sikander Qayyum also addressed the gathering and said, “Target given to NHA to bring about transparency has been achieved by launching the System. All the stakeholders were taken on board during development process of this system. In the first phase, the e-bidding system will be employed on maintenance projects and later with gradual upgradation, its range will be extended to other projects. Salient features of the implementation of this system includes user account creation, online tender creation, bid submission, tender evaluation and notification of award.”